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The San Francisco 49ers clearly have a say in transfer business at Leeds United now, according to Paul Robinson.
Leeds signed USA manager Jesse Marsch in February while USA internationals Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams have both been signed by Los Blancos since the end of last season.
Marsch also used his ties to the Red Bull group, which has had a strong presence in the United States for over a decade, to sign Rasmus Kristensen, as well as Aaronson and Adams.
Robinson is happy to see the investment after Andrea Radrizzani failed to pump money into the senior squad in January despite Leeds clearly needing reinforcements.
However, the former goaltender believes the 49ers have a say in business behind the scenes at Elland Road.
“There’s no hesitation – it’s obvious to everyone,” Robinson said WORD Leeds News.
“With the manager and the players coming in, there are some of his former players and the US international players as well, the influence of the 49ers is there behind the scenes.
“There was no money spent in January and it was a chance that Radrizzani took it. But now you see them spending and doing business this window.
“They lost Kalvin Phillips and could potentially lose Raphinha, although the longer it goes on the more likely he is to stay. He clearly wants to go to Barcelona, but if Barcelona don’t put their finances in order, he may stay, which would be a huge boost for Leeds.
“But the money obviously now comes from the 49ers and the American manager and owners have a say in the club.
Leeds have signed six new players since the end of last season, with Luis Sinisterra and Darko Gyabi also arriving to bolster Marschs’ squad ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.